Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007—officially placing him in the category of “person most despised by native-born Portlanders.” Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist. 

The highlight of Mike’s brief animation career was a year-long stint as a character layout animator on the Fox show King of The Hill, before he decided that drawing Hank Hill all day long was pretty damn boring. After the act of sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring put the kibosh on his freelance illustration career, he discovered design, which he loves.

His duties at Portland Monthly consist of making the magazine look and read awesomely, by designing covers, features, and pretty much anything else. In his free time he likes to sleep.

Coronavirus

Portland-Area Farmers Markets Ramp Up for the Busy Season with New Precautions

For many local farmers, Portland’s regional markets are their only hope.

03/20/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Coronavirus

7 Easy Recipes for Quarantined Cooks

Yes, Portland’s mandatory restaurant closures mean you’re going to have to learn to cook.

03/17/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Indoor Activites

10 Recipes to Get You Through Quarantine

Nothing takes the mind off of a pandemic like a long, delicious kitchen project.

03/12/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Beyond Bagels

Searching Portland for Bialys, the Onion-Flecked Polish Cousin of the Bagel

You’ll find them at Ben and Esther’s in Roseway, but only early on Saturday mornings.

02/25/2020 By Julia Silverman

Savor

Two Portland Cooks Give Burmese Food a Fresh Voice

Pop-up Rangoon Bistro doesn't play by the rules.

02/25/2020 By Marty Patail

California Dreaming

Face It, Oregon: On These Topics, California Is Way Ahead of Us

Buckle up, Beaver State. We have some catching up to do.

01/21/2020 By Julia Silverman

Recipe

Beet Salad Gets a Face-Lift at Churchgate Station

Chaat spice and Kashmiri chile are the keys to this vibrant, Indian-inspired dish.

01/21/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Medical Marvels

The Dentist Revolutionizing Food for People Who Have Trouble Swallowing

Happy Valley’s Reva Barewal Makes Melt-in-Your-Mouth Snacks for the Chewing Challenged

12/31/2019 By Juno DeMelo

Medical Marvels

A Portland-Made Mole Mapping App Is Helping the Fight Against Skin Cancer

A researcher made an app to protect his wife from skin cancer. Now, OHSU is using it as a weapon in its ‘War on Melanoma.’

12/31/2019 By Mark Fogerson

Medical Marvels

A Local Neurologist Thinks a Baby’s Dream State May Affect Their Adult Life

OHSU prof Miranda Lim thinks there may be a link between interrupted REM sleep and autism.

12/31/2019 By Julia Silverman

Shopping

Portland Monthly's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

You’ve got a list. You’ve checked it twice. Buy these local gifts of pour-overs, special-edition Trail Blazers wine, and go-go boots for those who’ve been nice.

11/26/2019 By Eden Dawn Photography by Michael Novak

Pie High

Gracie’s New Haven–Inspired Pizzeria in St. Johns Is Worth the Drive

Two key things make Gracie’s worth a trip across town: the crunch and the sauce.

11/26/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Book Flap

An E-book Revolt Is Brewing at Your Local Library

A major publishing house wants to embargo its new releases. Librarians are fighting back.

11/21/2019 By Julia Silverman

Old Joy

A Pair of Portlanders Wrote the New Joy of Cooking

Nearly century-old recipes and a fresh global pantry make this classic kitchen tome a holiday go-to for all. Plus: a go-to recipe for fig and brown butter spice cake.

10/23/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson

Menstruation

Period Activists Call For An End to the Tampon Tax

A menstrual equity movement born in Portland goes national

10/18/2019 By Kiva Hanson

High Rises

5 Amazing Portland Treehouses

These hideaways prove good living does grow on trees.

10/16/2019 By Sarah Hutchins Photography by Michael Novak

Room Titans

3 Newish Furniture Stores Changing Portland’s Interiors

Need to spruce up your Portland pad? We've got you covered.

10/16/2019 By Heather Keeling

Oregoniana

9 Everyday Things That Were Invented in Oregon

Did you know our state created some of today’s most ubiquitous stuff?

10/16/2019 By Ryan Ashby Photography by Michael Novak